Michele Campbell's new thriller 'It's Always the Husband' is about three women who developed an unlikely friendship in college.
Flash forward twenty years when one of them dies under mysterious circumstances. The question in any novel murder is....Who did it? Was it one of the friends?
Or was it the husband? I will admit that as soon as I saw the book title, I assumed the husband did it.
I always assume that the husband did it! I was sent a really fun gift basket along with It's Always the Husband and dug in for a good read...
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IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND
So, Redbook Magazine named It's Always the Husband one of the 20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017, and In Style picked it as one of "7 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Month." I sat down with It's Always the Husband with what I will admit were probably unreasonably high expectations.
I am a voracious reader. When I sit down with a new book, I typically don't get up until I've read the entire thing. So, if I am going to dedicate hours (yes, I am a quick reader as well), or even a whole day, depending on the length of the book, IT HAD BETTER BE GOOD.
I better see awards, nods from magazines, book club mentions...something.
Books aren't like indie bands. If no one has ever heard of them, there is usually good reason for that.
About It's Always The Husband
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and as often happens in college, they immediately became what I like to call "bosom buddies." The three girls were totally different, just about as different as three women would possibly be.
Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was n ambitious girl, brilliant, and determined to succeed.
As they became close friends, the three girls swore that they would always be there for each other.
I am sure that all of the ladies reading this are nodding their heads, remembering what it was like to make friendships like this in our youth. Childhood, and even early adulthood friendships, well, they hold a special place in our hearts forever, don't they?
Fast forward to twenty years later, when one of these women is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone else is urging her to jump.
How did it come to this? Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?
A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the complexities of friendship, It’s Always the Husband will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion. I can't tell you how it ends, because DUH! That's the whole point of the book...you have to read it for yourself.
I will say that there were enough twists and turns in the book that I didn't actually figure out who the killer was until it was revealed. That's saying a lot, because I usually know right away. Michele Campbell is a talented writer and It's Always the Husband was a really welcome reprieve from all the madness going on in my life!
Next novel, please, Michele....
You can buy It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell on Amazon.com!